Novello celebrates 200 years of music publishing

Martin Cullingford15th Sep 2011

Explore the company's history in our online gallery

Novello stand at the Crystal palace Exhibition
The Novello family and their friends, c1831
Vincent Novello, the company founder, pictured around 1834
The Musical Times, a periodical bought by Novello in 1844
The outside of the Novello headquarters, Wardour Street, 1906
Sir Edward Elgar, one of the most famous names to sign to Novello
Felix Mendelssohn, another key composer whose music was published by Novello
Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz
Novello published the service book for the Coronation in 1953
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (photo: Sven Arnstein)
Tarik O'Regan, Novello's youngest composer (photo: Marion Ettlinger)
'A sounding chord' - written by John McCabe for Novello's 200th anniversary

This year Novello, the music publishers, celebrates its 200th anniversary – two centuries since Vincent Novello began his business of making sheet music available to the general public at an affordable price.

As the business grew, it attracted some of the most famous names in composing – Elgar signed to Novello, followed by Bliss, Dyson, Holst, Howells and Moeran. The 1970s saw the signing of Richard Rodney Bennett, Kenneth Leighton, John McCabe, Aulis Sallinen and Thea Musgrave – and the list continues up until the present, with the young generation of Novello names including Martin Creed, Stuart MacRae and Tarik O’Regan.

The company celebrates its bicentenary with a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday September 20, in which cellist Raphael Wallfisch, together with the Bach Choir, the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Hill, will explore two centuries of music published by Novello. Aled Jones will present the event, which will also feature new pieces by John McCabe and Patrick Hawes. For more details click here.

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